One of the classic Steve Jobs videos is his introduction to the first Apple retail store in Tyson's Corner, Virgina in 2001. In that legendary video, Mr. Jobs lays out his vision for what those stores would do for customers. Because other similar stores had failed, pundits assumed the Apple store would as well. Here are some observations by John Martellaro why Apple flourished.
Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for iTunes. The user interface, which was stellar when it first launched, has become complex, confusing and opaque. Plus, many small problems have plagued its robustness over the years as it tried to do too much. iTunes 12.4 takes two steps forward after many backwards steps, and restores some interface sanity. This is in itself notable.
Apple has struggled to become a major player in the delivery of video entertainment. Unlike music, Apple has run into a complex, sophisticated industry that connects studios, networks, and carriers. Now, it appears that Hulu is going to do what Apple wanted to do but could not. It punctuates the question: what should Apple really be trying to do for customers?
Many of the contemporary design concepts for the rumored (but almost certain) Apple electric car show a dorky looking econobox because, well, no one knows what it will look like and some kind of design that portrays an eco-attitude is an easy, comfortable premise. John Martellaro maintains that the Apple car will actually be quite beautiful and desirable.
When Apple's SVP of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, talked about the new MacBook upgrade, introduced on April 19th, he also gave us a pretty clear indication of what the next generation of MacBook Pros will be like. John ponders what may come.
It's always fun to watch an Apple event. We learn a lot, and Apple puts on a great show. But, inevitably, there are many little things to learn about after the show is over. Here are some of those tidbits of knowledge John Martellaro picked up.
I was in the mall. I stopped by the Microsoft store for a USB hub. Being the odd character that I am, at checkout, I asked if the store accepts Apple Pay. Read on to find out what happened.
A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays. Here is Part II of John's interview with Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology. The discussion continues with manufacturing issues, suppliers, response times, costs and the ultimate winner down the road.
A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays. John Martellaro interviewed Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology to find out more about these two technologies and possible use in Apple's future iPhone.
Several really nifty items have come across my desk recently
that are just in time for the inner geek in you. In this non-review quick look review I describe the Brydge mini keyboard for iPad mini 1,2 or 3, the Other World Computing Thunderbolt 2 Dock and the Macally USB-C/A four port USB 3 dock for the MacBook. You'll be forgiven for wanting all three after you read this.
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